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PHIL HARDWICK — The crazy world of book buying and selling

by Published: December 30,2014

Tags: BookBiz, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

Amazon has disrupted the book world again. Last year there was a dispute with a major publisher over who set the price of e-books – the publisher or the distributor. This time the quarrel is with self-published authors and others who view Amazon’s recently released Kindle Unlimited as a threat to the incomes of authors. […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Investing in our football future

Before this column goes to print, Mississippi State and Ole Miss will both have played in major bowls – the Orange and the Peach. State and Ole Miss fans are counting on this season’s success leading to greater opportunities in the coming years: SEC Titles, College Football Playoffs and National Championships. In their delirium, the […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: State leaders face hard choices for 2015

by Published: December 29,2014

Tags: 2015, Business, economics, Mississippi, NEw Year, Politics

Happy New Year America!  With economic growth at 5%, gasoline prices below $2 a gallon, and unemployment below 6%, all is great.   Not so fast, as Lee Corso likes to say. Despite some football successes, everything is not great for Mississippi. Let’s get Corso’s pencil out and figure some numbers.   In Mississippi, year-over-year […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON: A new twist on dystopian fiction

If I were to tell you that a book about the end of the world (as we know it) could somehow leave you optimistic and encouraged, I doubt you’d believe me. But the incredible novel Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, would prove me right, despite its often harrowing twists and turns. A finalist […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — David Reeves treats people how they want to be treated

by Published: December 24,2014

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, column, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Most of us are familiar with the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” However, this rule implies the basic assumption that other people would like to be treated the way that you would like to be treated. Most people are not as familiar with the Platinum Rule.  […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Top 10 toy brands that won holiday social media blitz

What holiday toys generated the best social media buzz during the holidays? To find out, Brand Chorus analyzed the biggest sellers from online retailers Amazon, Toys “R” Us and Target and the results are in on the 10 top brands that have official social pages. (Some popular items like Disney’s Frozen toys actually don’t have […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Hot for Havana

Last week President Obama made smoking a Cuban cigar a little less glamorous. After 50 years of sanctions, embargoes, a failed invasion, and over a hundred assignation attempts on Fidel “the Beard” Castro – a man that even Mother Nature had some difficulty taking out – President Obama has officially thrown in the towel. Now, […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Annual Christmas Price Index details cost of ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, column, Mississippi, NEWS, PR

With energy costs tumbling and inflation remaining calm, the annual Christmas Price Index® experienced a mild 1 percent boost in the 31st annual tongue-in-cheek economic analysis, according to PNC Wealth Management, which conducts the annual Christmas survey. Based on the gifts in the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the price tag for the […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Coming-of-age story unfolds along with the Great Depression

This book will definitely be one of my favorites for this year. I like it for several reasons. First, it’s an interesting story that’s told well. There’s a family tragedy and 15-year-old Thea Atwell is held responsible; so much so that her family sends her away to the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls deep in […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Gary Herring building tomorrow by educating today

There is no magic formula for being a great leader.  Each day brings new opportunities and unforeseen challenges.  To excel as a leader takes wisdom.  President Calvin Coolidge once said, “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short […] [...]

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